Biomechanists from the UK reported in January that an off-the-shelf medical grade shoe made by Mequon, WI-based Dr. Comfort was associated with increased comfort and reduced forefoot pressure compared with participants’ preferred shoes.
The investigators randomly assigned 30 participants (18 women) to wear either the test shoe or their own shoe and asked them to score perceived comfort using a visual analog scale. They measured dorsal digital and interdigital pressures with an in-shoe pressure system and sensors placed on preselected anatomical landmarks while participants walked across a 6-m walkway.
Participants scored the test shoe higher in comfort than their own footwear. Overall peak pressure, pressure time integral, and contact time were lower with the test shoe, while the time taken to reach peak pressure increased across all anatomical landmarks. The investigators noted statistically significant changes for all measured variables relating to pressure on the medial border of the first metatarsophalangeal joint.
The Journal of Foot and Ankle Research epublished the results on January 5.